Arts features

The young Saatchi who got Obama elected

By Gershon Portnoi, December 20, 2012

Edward Saatchi has a lot to say. He responds to questions with considered, passionate answers and a delivery as smooth, flawless and decisive as his hero Barack Obama, which is fitting as the two men owe each other a great deal.

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Spectacle, drama and singing nuns - welcome to the world of Meyerbeer

By Jessica Duchen, December 13, 2012

Giacomo Meyerbeer, a German Jewish banker’s son, rose to become arguably the most influential operatic composer of the 19th century, yet today his name is all but forgotten.

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TV review: Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast

By Simon Round, December 6, 2012

Yotam Ottolenghi is not the first celebrity chef to make a culinary journey to the Mediterranean. Keith Floyd, Rick Stein, James Martin — you name them, they have all been there.

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Samuel Barnett: first the Olympics, now for a run in the West End

By John Nathan, December 6, 2012

‘Gone are the days of me playing young and innocent,” says Samuel Barnett. This is perhaps more a declaration of hope than fact for the actor who recently played fresh-faced Danny in the fizzing BBC Olympic satire, Twenty Twelve.

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Enrico Macias: France's megastar comes to the UK

By Simon Round, November 30, 2012

It is not just the Rolling Stones who are celebrating 50 years of musical success this year. French singer Enrico Macias may not be a household name in this country, but he has been a star in France since 1962.
Now his British-based fans will be able to see him in concert, playing songs stretching right back through his career.

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What chutzpah! How Olivia Lee became the queen of prank TV

By Simon Round, November 29, 2012

When you interview Olivia Lee there is bound to be a slight sense of nervousness. This is a woman who has made a TV career out of playing pranks on the unsuspecting, so as I sit down there is a temptation to look for a camera crew secreted behind the potted plant.

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JC Profile: Adam Richman

By Simon Round, November 23, 2012

Adam Richman could eat for America.

In fact that is more or less what Richman's job has been for the past few years. As presenter of the massively popular Man v. Food show, which has aired on Dave, The Food Network and UK TV Food, Richman has become a cult figure for taking on some of the most insane food challenges in a country renowned for unhealthy portion sizes.

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John Axelrod: The ex-rock talent scout who’s trying to save classical music

By Jessica Duchen, November 22, 2012

John Axelrod would be the first to admit that outspokeness and popularity do not often go together. But that is not going to stop the conductor in his determination to shake up the classical music status quo.

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Norman Lebrecht: From terror to applause as I make my cathedral debut

By Norman Lebrecht, November 15, 2012

On the evening of Remembrance Sunday, I found myself sitting in the second row of Portsmouth Cathedral, paralysed with terror. This is not my usual pre-concert state.

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How Edith Head gave Hollywood its dress sense

By Melanie Abrams, November 8, 2012

With a record -breaking eight Oscars and a whopping 35 nominations, Edith Claire Posenor is a Hollywood legend. As a trailblazer for women in the film industry, she leads the way. Meryl Streep doesn’t come close.

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